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What Do These HVAC Warning Signs Mean?

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

HVAC systems play a critical role in the day-to-day functioning of commercial businesses. The letters “HVAC” stand for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning, which are three elements that create a safe and comfortable environment for employees within businesses. If properly maintained, HVAC systems can last for many years, but there comes a time when every HVAC system begins to malfunction, whether it be the result of old age or insufficient maintenance. Keep reading to learn more about HVAC warning signs and what they might mean in order to keep your commercial business’ HVAC system running smoothly and know when it needs maintenance.

3 Common Warning Signs: What Do They Mean?

  1. Odor

The first common warning sign of HVAC system malfunctioning is a strange odor emanating from the unit. Occasionally, this is referred to as “Dirty Sock Syndrome,” which entails an unpleasant smell, resembling that of a dirty sock, that spreads throughout the business as a result of a dirty HVAC system. HVAC systems’ unpleasant odors may be caused by mold growth within the unit. Without proper maintenance, an HVAC system’s evaporator coil can accumulate dirt, bacteria, and mold or mildew growth, creating an odor that will spread throughout the commercial business as the HVAC unit circulates air.

  1. Weird Sounds

In the event that you hear a low, humming noise coming from your commercial business’ HVAC system, there should not be cause for concern. However, if your HVAC unit begins to emit louder, harsher, or rattling sounds, this may be a warning sign that something is not quite right. The rattling noise may be the result of loose parts or a failing compressor within the unit.

  1. Increasing Cost

HVAC units are a necessary expense in order to maintain a comfortable work environment within any commercial business. Therefore, it is understandable if a sudden increase in your HVAC bill sparks anxiety. Usually, if your HVAC bill skyrockets, it is an indication that the unit’s filters are dirty or clogged, which causes the HVAC unit to work harder to do its job, leading to an increase in cost.

Trust SERVPRO’s HVAC Services

If your home or business’ HVAC unit displays any of the aforementioned warning signs, it is important to seek the assistance of a professional who can effectively diagnose the problem and guide you through the process of fixing the issue. You can start by calling SERVPRO of Hunt Valley and Harford County at (410) 229-0012. Our team of HVAC professionals are ready to help get your HVAC unit running properly once more and get life in your business back to normal as quickly as possible. Visit our pages dedicated to our HVAC Services, as well as our other commercial offerings, including our Commercial Restoration Services and Commercial Cleaning Services. Want to learn more about the many other commercial and residential services that we offer? Be sure to also check out our long list of Building Services

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